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We're pretty sure that DD2, age 20 months, has allergies.<br>
Evidence so far:<br>
-hive like reaction to egg at 10 months. We stopped egg for a long time and only just reintroduced it and she seems fine.<br>
-vivid rash on her face after drinking apple cider and eating jam (pectin, sulfites?), both recent<br>
-sensitive skin generally, seems to get lots of diaper rashes (we cd and use homemade detergent).<br>
-CONSTANT runny nose. I can think of maybe 6 weeks in the past year where the poor little bunny hasn't been sick with a cold. It started with a cold at 13 days while being EBFd.<br><br>
so we are bracing ourselves to try and find out what's going on. We would also like to look into the possiblity for DD1, 4.5, who is generally healthy but does have my seasonal allergies and constant dark circles. We're hoping that removal of allergens might help DD1 manage her anxiety as well.<br><br>
So...we have an appointment with a highly recommended naturopath on Dec. 10th. What should we do until then? What should we read? What questions should we ask the naturopath?<br><br>
Thank you!
 

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I've not worked with a naturopath, we have used an allergist -- but I think one thing you will want to do between now and your appointment, is start keeping a detailed food journal (and behavior/allergy response journal) for each of your girls. This may be helpful for your naturopath, and for you if/as you end up working through elimination diets.<br><br>
Hope your appointment goes well and you get good information to help your girls. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks Elanor, that's a good suggestion. I will definitely start a journal. Our friends who recommended this naturopath tell us that she usually uses testing rather than elimination diets, but I'm not sure what kind of testing. Can anyone refer me to information on various testing methods?
 

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I'm not sure what your naturopath will do. Hopefully someone else will chime in on this too.<br><br>
Our allergist does two tests - he does a blood test (draws blood, sent to lab) for IgE antibodies in the blood. Then he also does the scratch test - where they scratch the back and then put the allergen on the scratch - a control scratch with histamine and one with nothing - wait 15 minutes, then measure how big the red marks are (if any) and go from there.<br><br>
We had known allergies so he only tested for egg. But if you've got undiagnosed allergies, they will probably do a more wide-ranging list of allergens (at an allergist's office, this would be the 'grid' scenario where they make a grid on the back to do the tests I think?).<br><br>
Hope this helps!
 
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